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The Argument Against Mike Castle

January 25, 2010

The biggest argument against current U.S. Rep and U.S. Senate candidate Mike Castle (R-DE) is that he is part of the establishment.  Congressman Mike Castle has been on the government dole since 1967.  Here is a breakdown of his elective office career:

  • Delaware State Representative (1967-1969)
  • Delaware State Senate (1969-1977)
  • Lt. Governor (Delaware) (1981-1985)
  • Governor (Delaware) (1985-1992)
  • U.S. Represntative (R-DE) (1993-Present)

So basically, with the exception of a four year break during the Carter Administration, Mike Castle has been on the government dole for over 42 years.  Isn’t he part of the problem?

More importanly, Congressman Castle is really an Arlen Specter Democrat.  Here are some of his highlights:

FISCAL/ECONOMIC

  • In 2008, the American Conservative Union gave Mike Castle a 28 percent rating. 
  • In 2008, Congressman Castle supported the interests (fiscal conservatism) of Club For Growth 26 percent of the time. 
  • Americans for Fair Taxation considered how each congressional representative stood on the FairTax, illustrated with +3 as a sponsorship, +2 as a co-sponsorship, +1 as support, 0 as does not support, and -1 as against. In 2008, the actions of Representative Castle is represented by -1.
  • In 2008 National Taxpayers Union gave Representative Castle a rating of D.
  • In 2007 Americans for Tax Reform gave Representative Castle a grade of 58.
  • In 2007, the American Conservative Union gave Mike Castle a 20 percent rating.  Source: VoteSmart.org
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the Americans for Prosperity only 63 percent of the time in 2007.
  • In 2007 Traditional Values Coalition gave Representative Castle a grade of 0.
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the National Small Business Association 60 percent in 2007-2008.

SOCIAL/FAMILY

  • Representative Castle supported the interests of Planned Parenthood 75 percent in 2008.
  • In 2007 NARAL Pro-Choice America gave Representative Castle a grade of 100.
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the NARAL Pro-Choice America 100 percent in 2006.
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the American Civil Liberties Union 55 percent in 2007-2008.
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the American Family Association 0 percent in 2007-2008.
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the Family Research Council 23 percent in 2007-2008.
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the PFLAG, Parents, Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays 100 percent in 2007.

GOVERNMENT REFORM

  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the Citizens Against Government Waste 48 percent in 2007.

SECOND AMENDMENT

  • In 2008 National Rifle Association gave Representative Castle a grade of F, in its scorecard for candidates seeking office in 2008.
  • In 2007 Gun Owners of America gave Representative Castle a grade of F-.
  • Based on lifetime voting records on gun issues and the results of a questionnaire sent to all Congressional candidates in 2006, the National Rifle Association assigned Representative Castle a grade of F (with grades ranging from a high of A+ to a low of F).

LABOR

  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the AFL-CIO 73 percent in 2008.
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the American Federation of State, County & Municipal Employees (AFSCME) 57 percent in 2008.
  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the Service Employees International Union (SEIU) 83 percent in 2008.

NATIONAL SECURITY

  • Representative Castle supported the interests of the American Security Council Foundation 50 percent in 2007-2008.
  • In 2007-2008 Center for Security Policy gave Representative Castle a rating of 54 percent.

So how is Congressman Castle a CONSERVATIVE?

SOURCE:  VoteSmart.org

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30 Comments leave one →
  1. January 26, 2010 2:01 am

    Good stuff! Hopefully Christine O’Donnell will be our next U.S. Senator!

  2. DelawareRighty permalink
    February 1, 2010 6:59 am

    If “conservative” is defined as refusing to take a job so you can live off of campaign contributions and not paying your bills ($25,000 in campaign debt) at home while you travel the world, than Christine O’Donnell is the most conservative candidate we’ve ever had in Delaware by her own admission:

    http://delawareway.blogspot.com/2010/01/jud-bennett-writes-who-is-christine.html

    That $25,000 in debt represents people and companies here in Delaware who were not paid by O’Donnell’s campaign. Proving once again that O’Donnell is just in it for herself and doesn’t care about Delaware, Delawareans or Delaware businesses.

  3. N.Colella permalink
    March 7, 2010 2:36 pm

    I notice that only the Republicans that continue to LOSE throw their own under the bus. Ronald Reagan would be appalled. I pray these people never run for dogcatcher. If Ms. O’Donnell has fulfilled all of her obligations to the FEDS why isn’t that good enough for them? Because they are backing a RINO and are all part of the old, tired, establishment, in their quest to squash the woman before she has even had a chance to announce. Shame on You!

    PRO LIFE ALL THE WAY CHRISTINE – NO CASTLE 2010, NO CAP AND TRADE and above all NO PRO CHOICE.

  4. May 1, 2010 2:16 pm

    NO, DelawareRighty, that campaign debt represents

    M E

    and others like me, who KNEW that campaigns are risky and uncertain, but nevertheless believed enough in Christine O’Donnell — and still do — that we were willing to take the chance.

    I am one of the people to whom Christine O’Donnell’s campaign owes money from the 2008 race.

    I’m not complaining! WHY SHOULD YOU? Why are you complaining in my name, when I am not????

    Anyone who works on a campaign knows that no one can predict finances. I know that if the conservative movement stops talking and starts writing out checks, then Christine O’Donnell’s Treasurer will cheerfuly settle those debts, including writing me a check.

    We are waiting on YOU, DelawareRighty.

    We are waiting on the conservative movement to step up and realize that preserving a country is HARD WORK and requires SACRIFICE.

    You see, dear DelawareRighty, the fault is not in our candidates but IN OURSELVES.

    A candidate — NO candidate — can control whether or not “Fair Weather Conservatives” will open up their checkbooks and support conservative candidates.

    Think about it. Please think. What would you propose a conservative candidate DO if the grassroots talks but does not donate? Should Christine hold a gun to your head and force you to donate?

  5. May 16, 2010 3:56 pm

    DelawareRighty is one of the Castle campaign folks out here masquerading like someone who knows what they are talking about folks.

    Jonathon, not everyone can dump money into Christine’s pockets for previous campaign debts. AS much as I would love to give her the max for both current and former debts I can’t. What I do provide is volunteer services for which I do not expect payment. I do it because I believe in it not because I want something from it. We need ALL of the above from people. If you can afford to give money do it, if not give time. It’s all hands on deck.

  6. May 16, 2010 4:13 pm

    Absolutely. Of course. No one can do more than they can do.

    If money were unlimited, then everyone who is owed a campaign debt from Christine’s campaign (or anyone else) could simply designate it as a donation and say “forget it, I don’t want it back, consider it a donation.”

    Then Christine would not have any debts.

    I wish I had that much money at this point in my life. I would simply say “forget it, keep the money.” Maybe things will change for me soon, and I will do exactly that.

    But money is tight.

    Of course it would be more fair if a lot of people would give a little instead of a few people “giving” (investing) a lot. Imagine if 1000 people simply gave $25. That would be a start.

    However, it makes no sense to criticize the candidate because OTHER PEOPLE don’t give.

    What do people expect? Should Christine take them at knife-point to their ATM and demand that they make a withdrwal? It’s downright silly. A candidate cannot force anyone to give money.

    So if you are going to “blame” someone (I don’t say you should, I simply say * IF * you want to blame someone), shouldn’t you blame the (non) donors instead of the candidate?

    If a candidate did not do anything to raise money, maybe. But if a candidate puts the need and the opportunity out there, and the community fails to respond THEN THE COMMUNITY “DESERVES” WHAT IT GETS.

    The voters, the people, the citizens of each State have a role to play in deciding their future.

    God is watching.

    And if a community is handed a choice, and chooses “wrong,” then the community has missed their chance.

    The candidate did the right thing: He or she presented the community with an honest choice.

    But the voters are accountable before their countrymen and their God for the choice that the voters make.

    Christine did her job: She presented a choice. What the community did with that choice reveals the nature and substance of the community, not of Christine.

  7. Urban permalink
    June 10, 2010 2:55 pm

    Our Country is in terrible shape and getting worse by the day. This is only because almost ALL of our Politicians need to be replaced! Everything that is wrong is the failure of our Government, and those fools refuse to take blame for not doing their job. We would be better off if 95% of them were deported to Iran, Africa, or Siberia.

  8. June 22, 2010 8:50 pm

    Whoever the Republicans nominate, I will vote for. I want to stop the runaway Democratic majority in the Senate.

  9. Sapwolf permalink
    August 15, 2010 11:49 pm

    At what price do we pay to win a Senate seat in Delaware?

    Mike Castle is not just a Rino, but a clearly left-of-center Leftist.

    I think he is just too much to the left. The GOP needs to find a moderate or someone around the ACU ratings of 65 to 75%.

    Castle is the MALE Scozzafava and a disgrace to the GOP.

  10. August 20, 2010 11:33 am

    wow. you folks haven’t only left the reservation, you’ve gone around the bend! Don’t get me wrong, go COD! All politicians are BS artists anyway. Its not matter of believing the lies but WHICH lies you choose to believe. Further, ever consider what the liar has to gain by falsehoods? What do you gain by believing? The hollow victory is worth that much? Stay strong, please. I’ve got 10 gigs of hard drive to fill yet with your “rationality”!

  11. Quentin Patrick permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:09 am

    Thank you to the people who host this web site. Any alternative source of information from dominant liberal media is very helpful to information seekers. You won’t always get the story correct 100 percent but you are more likely to minimize liberal bias than most Delaware media are and they often get the story very wrong. In 1962 when I was a student in high school, some kind anonymous person gave me a gift subscription to Bill Buckley’s National Review magazine and I never looked back on the old liberal superstitions of my teachers. The problem with the liberal media echo chamber right now on Delaware and other eastern states is that normally liberal media elites only talk to each other and often don’t even know any conservatives. For forty years until the internet, we have had to live in their world 24 by 7 but they never even had to visit our world unless they wandered by accident into some suburban church for Aunt Tillie’s funeral. This is a good simple easy-to-read web site. Congratulations and keep up the good work.

  12. Quentin Patrick permalink
    September 8, 2010 8:18 am

    By the way here is one after thought from observing conservative blogs in other states. It is usually easy to spot the Left Wing trolls because they are the ones who try too hard to convince you they are authentic conservatives. Someone who comes up with a fake name like “True Blue Right Wing in Wilmington” is trying much too hard and they give themselves away in other comments also. Does that remind you of any commenters here?

  13. September 19, 2010 2:44 pm

    looks like Mike needs to run anyway as christine donnely will not be a winner, he should right himself in, as she is too radical and comes with too much baggage.

  14. September 19, 2010 2:59 pm

    Oh ,I am a democrat not trying to a republican and the country got this way from you and your right wing antics they came up and bit you on the but . No new ideas, Now you got your party hijacked by a bunch nuts who have no electability to the masses so they will be using fear mongerinag and hate to get a job done. George W. Bush had 8 years of no taxing and the industry still did not make jobs so that means we the people could give 8 more and it would not do anygood as you have no ideas. Then here you come with these idiotic tea baggers who pretty much want to succeed states from the union, making education different from state to sate all kinds of stupid radical ideas tha will lead to a country that can’t build roads from state to state and failure be able to have universal laws. I say that you created a monster in your house the monster is so bad you will go for anything. I want you to know that I will be blogging about Donnelys using campaign money for rent and how she been a christian and a devil worshiper at the same time. I would have not blog this if the other candidate had gotten the nomination but the republican party got shanghide and a nation is at stake. I would rather see the other candidate have a chance at least he’s not a nut job.

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